Bordeaux 2014

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2015 Vintage Bordeaux powers ahead in the sunshine

Successful flowering for all varieties in the dry sunny weather –  starting with the Merlot in Pomerol and the Graves around 25th May and finishing with the Cabernets just before brief heavy rains around 10th June. A short sharp flowering means that ripening (110 days from mid flowering) will be more uniform, great for quality. As the vine … Continue reading

Bordeaux 2014 Primeur Press Update – clever properties sell out within hours due to reasonable pricing and weak euro

 Haut Brion and La Mission have just released prices this morning echoing the pattern set by Mouton, making the 2014 the lowest price since 2008. High scores will make it a hot potato! “Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion have released this morning at the ex-London price of £191.66 and £116.66 per bottle respectively. … Continue reading

Weak Euro saves Bordeaux 2014 Primeur Campaign

As the vines’ leaves power into action (and the first spraying is underway), we are beginning to see the small clusters of flowers which will become the grapes of the 2015 vintage, the first trickle of prices are coming through for the 2014 Bordeaux campaign. 2014 is undoubtedly a much better vintage than everything since … Continue reading

Summing up Bordeaux 2014 Primeur

The primeur week is over. No site of Bob but lots of fruity, fresh wines with supple tannins. Purity of fruit with amazing freshness that one could almost drink now. I have tasting wines en primeur for the last ten years and this is the first time I have felt this. Not sure that they … Continue reading

2014 Bordeaux Primeur – Boom or Bust?

The end of the Bordeaux Primeur system is nigh so everyone is predicting. It happens every year but it seems more serious in the run-up to the futures tasting starting week 30th March. (For the full Bordeaux primeur 2014 programme) Why is this? Perhaps it coincides with the first vintage in 37 years that Robert Paker will … Continue reading

Bordeaux 2014 Primeur Programme

  IN BORDEAUX Monday 23 March Dégustation Association de Grands Crus Classés de Saint-Emilion Lundi 23 mars pré-primeurs pour la Place de Bordeaux de 15 h à 20h au Palaiss de la Bourse à Bordeaux Contact et inscription : Virginie Larramona Friday 27th March Dégustation Listrac-Médoc Vendredi 27 mars 2015 de 11h à 15h … Continue reading

Bordeaux Vintage 2014 – what they are saying about the wines so far

The hot autumn sunshine saved the day but now the wine is leaving the vats and going into barrel, what is it like? Most people will answer that it is too early to say….and it is but here goes Fruity, juicy, fresh, pretty wines with supple tannins for medium-term drinking rather like 2012. Better than 2008 and … Continue reading

Bordeaux 2014 now over, Indian summer sunshine saved the vintage

Thank goodness for the sunshine that arrived end of August and saved the day. Despite some autumn conditions the late ripening Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon were mostly picked in dry conditions. In fact they seem to really like the Indian summer conditions and are looking really good this year. Cold nights through the entire summer … Continue reading

Bordeaux 2014 Cabernets being picked in Autumn conditions

After 9 weeks of temperatures more like the heat of the summer, autumn has arrived in Bordeaux with its rainshowers (27mm fell yesterday in St Emilion) and cloudy weather. It is now the turn of the Cabernets to be picked, and they are ripe (around 13° potential alcohol). (The first Merlots to be picked at … Continue reading

Bordeaux 2014 comes in, in the sunshine

The harvest is in full swing with most Merlot in now or the last few batches are coming in, on both the right and left bank (Haut Medoc, Pomerol and St Emilion). The grapes are healthy and the yield is high. Berries are swollen and sweet with around 13°C.Many are doing a ‘saignée’, taking off … Continue reading